Spring 2015 Lectures

Note corrected time for Sunday's lecture.

Two Lectures by Prof. Jodi Magness: Feb. 1st & 2nd

Open to the public free of charge.
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Warrior Women in Myth, Art, and History

     Adrienne Mayor
Saturday, November 22, 1:00 pm
Penn Museum, Philadelphia

3260 South Street, Philadelphia.

Illustrated lecture open to the public.  Mention AIA for free admission. 

Amazons—fierce horsewomen-archers on the fringes of the known world—were the mythic archenemies of the ancient Greeks. Heracles and Achilles battled Amazon queens and the Athenians reveled in their victory over an Amazon army. But who were these bold barbarian archers on horseback who gloried in fighting, hunting, and freedom?

Adrienne Mayor, Research Scholar, Stanford University Classics Department, delivers a lecture introducing her new book and signs copies.

In lecture and book she reveals surprising details and new insights about the lives of actual, flesh-and-blood women of the Eurasian steppes as revealed by archaeology who were mythologized as Amazons

Use Kress Entrance (on the East) and mention AIA

Upcoming lectures Spring 2014

To join either speaker for dinner after the lecture, please contact rfsutton at iupui.edu in advance.

Happy New Year from the AIA!

Please join us for our spring semester lecture series! All talks will take place at the Penn Museum, with a wine and cheese reception; please enter using the Kress entrance. If you're interested in dining with us after the talk with the lecturer, please email us at aiaphiladelphia at gmail.com as soon as possible. 

Thursday, January 30th  ~  6:15 pm
Rainey Auditorium

Tom_Morton_thumbThomas J. Morton, Swarthmore College

Individuality within Regularity:  Visualizing Roman Design in North Africa

Architectural historians and archaeologists have an embarrassment of riches in Roman North Africa; there is evidence for about 675 municipal entities.  Thus, North Africa is an excellent place to study architectural and urban design during the Roman Empire. In this talk, Professor Morton will discuss the ‘individuality within regularity’ of architectural and urban design in Roman Africa and will use 3D visualizations to help articulate the Roman design process.

Monday, March 3rd  ~ 6:15 pm

profile-dr-alexis-castor.100.125.cAlexis Castor, Franklin and Marshall College

More than Glitter: Jewelry in Ancient Greece and Italy

Gold necklaces, earrings and other accessories made by ancient goldsmiths still attract our attention today. Their expert manufacture, intricate detail and lavish use of precious metal evoke images of glittering women and men and enrich our understanding of Greek and Etruscan costume. But what do we know about how and when men, women, and even children, used jewelry?  We will explore the many functions of jewelry, from bridal gifts to containers used in espionage. We will see the ways that personal ornaments served as a beautiful, practical form of personal wealth.

March 27th  ~ 6:15 pm

KohAndrew Koh, Brandeis University and MIT

The Chemistry of Kinship: Daidalos and Kothar Revisited

Professor Koh employs archeological science to discuss the nature of commodities production, trade, and consumption the eastern Mediterranean during the later Bronze and Early Iron Age (roughly 1,700-700 BC).   Over the past nine years, his ARCHEM project based in Crete has sampled thousands of imported vessels in Greece, Israel, Egypt, Turkey to illuminate cross-cultural relationships between these areas.  By securely identifying for the first time the contents of a high volume of exchanged objects, this innovative work helps reveal the important roles these artifacts played in the economy and daily life of these different consumer societies, and the cultures with which each maintained contact.